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30,305 people died within 21 days of having a COVID-19 vaccine in England between January and June 2021. This shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.

During this period, 4,570 people suffered a COVID-related death within 21 days of a vaccine dose. 25,735 suffered a non-COVID-related death.

On September 15, 2021, the Daily Expose, a conspiracy news site, published an article claiming that 30,305 people died within 21 days of getting a COVID-19 vaccine in England during the first six months of 2021. The information was attributed to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

According to the ONS report titled "Deaths involving COVID-19 by vaccination status, England," between January 2 and July 2, England witnessed 51,281 COVID-19 deaths. According to the report, this included 640 fully vaccinated people (1.2 percent of the total 51,281 deaths) and those who got infected before receiving the jab. The report adds that for people who were fully vaccinated, the risk of death involving COVID-19 was consistently lower than those who took one or no jab, as shown by the weekly age-standardized mortality rates for deaths involving COVID-19.

The report says that between January 2 and July 2, the number of people who died after being fully immunized had an initial positive PCR test at least 14 days after the second vaccination dose was 256. It says that the median age of people with breakthrough deaths was 84 years. Of these people, 13.1 percent were identified as likely to be immunocompromised, compared to 5.4 percent for other COVID-19 deaths.

The report adds that 4,388 people (23.5 percent of total deaths) died from a COVID-19-related illness fewer than 21 days after their first dose; whereas, 182 (1.6 percent of total deaths) died fewer than 21 days after the second dose. The number of people who died after the first dose is comparatively high as according to the analysis of COVID-19 infections, the risk of a new infection following vaccination is highest during the first 21 days after the first dose.

The number of people who died a COVID-related death within 21 days of having either dose of their vaccine was 4,570, not 30,305. 30,305 was the total number of people who died from any cause during this period.

CORRECTION: To better reflect the article this was in response to, we changed the claim from "30,305 people died within 21 days of having a COVID-19 vaccine in England between January and June 2021." to "30,305 people died within 21 days of having a COVID-19 vaccine in England between January and June 2021. This shows that the COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous." We also changed the judgment from false to misleading.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.

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